Scripture Verse

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. Luke 2:8–9

Introduction

Words: From Folk Songs of the Am­er­i­can Ne­gro, by John W. Work, Jr. (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: 1907).

Music: Af­ri­can-Am­er­i­can spir­it­u­al (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John W. Work, Jr.
(1873–1925)

Lyrics

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Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

Refrain

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed the Savior’s birth.

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Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That blessèd Christmas morn.

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